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Deathwatch

Year:
Duration:
94 min
Genres:
Drama | Horror | War | Thriller
IMDB rate:
6
Director:
Michael J. Bassett
Awards:
1 win & 5 nominations
Details
Country: UK
Release Date: 2002-11-07
Filming Locations: Benesov, Czech Republic
Earnings
Opening Weekend: £334,657 (UK) (8 December 2002)
Gross: £895,894 (UK) (29 December 2002)
Cast
Actor
Character
Jamie Bell
Pfc. Charlie Shakespeare
Rúaidhrí Conroy
Pvt. Colin Chevasse (as Ruaidhri Conroy)
Mike Downey
Martin Plummer
Roman Horák
German soldier (as Roman Horak)
Dean Lennox Kelly
Pvt. Willie McNess
Torben Liebrecht
Friedrich
Kris Marshall
Pvt. Barry Starinski
Hugh O'Conor
Anthony Bradford
Matthew Rhys
Cpl. Doc Fairweather
Andy Serkis
Pvt. Thomas Quinn
Pavel Tesar
Mudman
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Trivia
Torben Liebrecht had to be taken to the hospital to be treated for exposure after all the scenes where he's tied to a cross were shot.
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Many of the most horrific images in the film were inspired by a book called 'The Covenant of War'.
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The fight between Andy Serkis and Hugo Speer took four days to shoot.
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Goofs
The gun Shakespeare uses to shoot Quinn in the end is a Bergmann MP18, a gun which was not introduced until the beginning of 1918 in time for the great Spring Offensive of the Germans. It was the first of its type to appear, so not only would Shakespeare not have found one, he would probably also have been rather surprised by it.
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There is not (and never has been) such a rank as Private First Class in the British Army, although it is possible to reach Class Three, Two and One within your trade
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The pistol used by several of the men in the movie is in fact a Webley Mk.IV, not a Webley Mk.V or Mk.VI, which would have been correct. The Mk.IV (.38 calibre version) was not designed until the 1920s.
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Quotes
Cpl. Doc Fairweather: McNess, what are you doing?
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Pvt. Barry Starinski: Oh, this fuckin' rain!
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Pvt. Willie McNess: Shoot him!
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Faq
Q
Im confused at the end, were the soldiers in the real world after the battle?
A
There are many theories about the movie circulating in the cyberspace. Among them are: 1. The soldiers died in the raid against the Germans on the Western Front when the enemy gunned them down and the gas was dropped on them. The trench that they come across is a form of purgatory for their sins in their previous lives. The men that escape or are murdered by their own comrades are free to start a new life and the men either killed or attacked by the trench have to repeat the whole process all over again under the eye of Friedrich (Torben Liebrecht), who resembles a type of judge.2. The whole film is an allegory of the Bible. Such events suggest this as a scene where one of the men is crucified, a biblical tagline, quotes from the Bible itself, a DVD case with the picture of a man wearing a crown of barbed wire, blood on a bible, and the cross. The soldiers are going crazy like the Boche soldiers before them under the influence of the gas the night before. In their insanity they kill each other, hear things that aren't real, see strange things like barbed wire growing out of the ground and see dug-outs that they recently exploded come back to their original formation.3. The soldiers are going crazy like the Boche soldiers before them under the influence of the gas the night before. In their insanity they kill each other, hear things that aren't real, see strange things like barbed wire growing out of the ground and see dug-outs that they recently exploded come back to their original formation.4. Friedrich is an evil entity. While the soldiers were wandering through the fog, Friedrich leads them to the trench. Here he tests them; those who fail are killed, and those who pass survive and are free to leave the trench. The ending scene in the movie could represent either the original soldiers coming to the trench, or a new group. The new perspective, from which we can see Friedrich's face, is meant to show a sense of knowing, suggesting that he planned for the soldiers to arrive so that he could kill the unworthy.Whichever of these theories is right, Director Michael J. Bassett is keeping a secret saying that it is important that people decide the correct answer themselves. As there are many compliments sent to the director on his website, there is also much criticism by people who cannot understand the end and the fact that the viewer must think about the ending for himself.
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Photos from cast
Laurence Fox Hans Matheson Hugo Speer
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